STAMPS ADD NFL EXPERIENCE

STAMPS ADD NFL EXPERIENCE

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 12:06PM

On Wedensday, April 26th the Calgary Stampeder Football Club announced the free agent signing of Linebackers Bryan Hickman, Hakim Akbar, Louis Ayeni and Daryl Towns.

All four players have had some NFL experience including time with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots. Akbar was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.

“All four of these Linebackers have NFL experience,� said General Manager Jim Barker. “Hickman and Towns will compete at inside linebacker, while Akbar and Ayeni will compete at the outside spots.�

Below is a closer look at the newest Stampeder signings:

Bryan Hickman
Linebacker
College: Kansas State
HT: 6’1� WT: 240 lbs
Born: January 18, 1981
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Residence: Dallas, TX
Stampeders: Entering 1st season
CFL: Entering 1st season
Import

Acquired
Signed with the Cleveland Browns on April 30, 2004…released June 6, 2004 …signed with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent on April 26, 2006.
2004
Spent a couple months with the Cleveland Browns
2003
Earned second team All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press and San Antonio Express-News... Also named to the honorable mention All-Big 12 team by the league's coaches... Started 14 games at outside linebacker... Saw his streak of consecutive starts end at 22 by missing the Baylor game (11/1), but returned to the starting lineup against Iowa State (11/8)... Credited with 107 total tackles to rank second on the team... One of three Wildcats and only 15 players in the Big 12 to record 100-plus tackles during 2003... Finished his K-State career with 200 total stops... Also ranked second on the team in assisted (45) and tackles-for-loss (13), and was third in solo stops (62)... Had four sacks on the year to go with five break-ups, one quarterback hurry and one interception... Credited with three total tackles, including a two-yard tackle for loss in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (1/2)... Had six total tackles and two pass break-ups in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Oklahoma (12/6)... Named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week following his team-leading 10-tackle effort that helped K-State secure its first win at Nebraska (11/15) since 1968.
2002
Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by The Associated Press and the coaches... Named Most Improved Defensive Player on team... Started all 13 games... Fourth on the team in total tackles (47 solo) with 79... Fourth in solo stops and third in assists (32)... Third on the squad in tackles for loss with 13 (-55) and T5th in sacks with three (-28)... One of only four Wildcats with a double-figure game in tackles... Had a career-high 11 tackles, including a season-high nine solo stops, in a win over Iowa State (11/9)... Had two picks against Oklahoma State (10/12), becoming the first K-State player to accomplish that feat since DeMarcus Faggins, who had two interceptions at Texas Tech on 10/13/01.
2001
Appeared in nine games with one start against Texas A&M (10/20)... Replaced Josh Buhl in the opening lineup vs. the Aggies... Collected 14 total tackles on the season, including 11 solo stops... recovered his first career fumble against the Buffaloes.
2000
Played in two games, but did not record any tackles.
1999
Redshirt season.
Noteworthy
Three-year letterman and two-year starter in High School... An honorable mention all-district and an all-city pick as a junior... Was a first team all-district, first team all-area and first team all-city pick as a senior... Listed as a top 100 pick in Texas by the Dallas Morning News... Was his team's defensive MVP as a senior... SuperPrep All-Southwest selection... Rated the No. 5 strongside linebacker prospect in the Big 12 region by the National Recruiting Advisor... All-Big 12 Region pick by PrepStar…in bowl performances Hickman three assisted tackles vs. Syracuse in 2001 Insight.com Bowl... Started and had 3-1-4 chart with 4-yard TFL and pass breakup in win over Arizona State in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl... Finished with three tackles, including a two-yard tackle for loss, in the 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State

Hakim Akbar
Linebacker
College: Washington
HT: 6’0� WT: 222 lbs
Born: August 11, 1980
Birthplace: Riverside, California
Residence: Riverside, California
Stampeders: Entering 1st season
CFL: Entering 1st season
Import

Acquired
Originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2001 draft…waived by New England on March 5, 2002…signed by St. Louis on November 5, 2002…waived by St. Louis on September 1, 2003…signed by Tampa Bay on December 11, 2003…released by Tampa on December 15, 2003…signed by Jacksonville December 16, 2003…released on September 7, 2004…signed as a free agent by the Calgary Stampeders on April 26, 2006.
2004
Spent part of the season with the Jacksonville Jaguars
2003
Spent the final two weeks of the season on the inactive list after being signed off the Tampa Bay practice squad on Dec. 16 … Signed by Tampa on Dec. 11 after being waived by St. Louis on Sept. 1
2002
Appeared in four games for the St. Louis Rams on special teams … finished the season with two special teams tackles … Made Rams debut and collected a special teams tackle at Philadelphia Dec. 1.
2001
Saw action on special teams in six games of rookie campaign for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots … Notched five special teams tackles for the season … Made NFL debut at Miami Oct. 7 … Saw special teams action and recorded two tackles vs. San Diego on Oct. 14 … Recorded one tackle on special teams at Atlanta Nov. 4.
College
Three year letterwinner at Washington … Played in 33 games with 26 consecutive starts at safety … Started at both strong and free safety while recording 225 tackles with four interceptions for 52 yards … Notched 5 fumble recoveries and forced two fumbles … Earned first team All-American honors by CNN/SI and the NFL Draft Report … Majored in construction management.
Noteworthy
Attended Riverside Polytechnic High School … Registered 91 tackles, with six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles as a senior … Received eight votes in Long Beach Telegrams “Best in the West� poll … Named to the Tacoma News Tribune’s Western 100 team …Hakim was drafted as a safety before making the switch to linebacker.

Louis Ayeni
Linebacker
College: Northwestern University
HT: 5’11� WT: 215 lbs
Born: February 5, 1980
Birthplace: Woodbury, Minn.
Residence: Woodbury, Minn.
Stampeders: Entering 1st season
CFL: Entering 1st season
Import

Acquired
Signed as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeder on April 26, 2006

2005
Spent time with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams
2004
Signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts
College
Attended Northwestern University… in 2003 was team co-captain ... missed nine of the 13 games this season with a stinger, including the Motor City Bowl ... had an impressive debut as a defensive starter, earning team’s defensive player of the week honor versus Kansas: seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... suffered the injury in the Kansas game, however, and had to sit out the next six games (Air Force through Indiana) ... returned to the lineup vs. Wisconsin and logged 79 plays ... recorded four tackles (three solos), including a TFL against the Badgers ... made a successful transition from offense (running back/receiver) to safety in the off-season ... impressed coaches enough that he earned a starting job in the secondary… in 2002 played in all 12 games, mostly on special teams ... notched six tackles, including a pair of solo hits at Navy … offensive scout team player of the week versus Iowa … in 2001 missed the entire season while recovering from his Alamo Bowl injury (ankle) vs. Nebraska … in 2000 sat out the first six games of the year with an injured pelvic bone … Had two catches for 50 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown vs. Purdue … returned eight kickoffs for 189 yards, averaging 23.6 yards per return … recorded six tackles on special teams ... in 1999 saw action in all 11 games … rushed 44 times for 168 yards and caught five passes for 20 yards … led the team with 295 yards on kickoff returns … rushed for a career-high 64 yards on 15 carries against Illinois.
Noteworthy
In high school Louis was named first-team all-state by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Associated Press … All-conference, AP all-metro … State championship game Most Valuable Player … team MVP … Conference MVP … Seven-time Athlete of the Week … team captain … school’s career leader in yards (3,504) and touchdowns (47) … Ran for 2,112 yards and 34 touchdowns his senior season, both school records … returned seven punts for 270 yards and three touchdowns … ran for 1,114 yards and 17 TDs in six playoff games, leading team to Class 5A state championship … in 1997, named honorable mention all-conference, academic all-conference … lettered seven times as a prep (3-football, 4-track) … majored in Communication studies.

Daryl Towns
Linebacker
College: Nevada
HT: 6’0� WT: 236 lbs
Born: September 21, 1982
Residence: Pasadena, CA
Stampeders: Entering 1st season
CFL: Entering 1st season
Import

Acquired
Signed as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeder on April 26, 2006

2005
Spent time with the Buffalo Bills
2004
Spent time with the Buffalo Bills
College
Finished his career ranked third all time on Nevada’s career tackle list with 332 tackles… in 2003 tied for the team lead with 97 total tackles against Fresno State… had his first interception and recovered a fumble versus Hawaii… named the winner of the team’s Coaches’ Award and was a first team All-WAC as voted by the Coaches and ESPN… in 2002, ranked second in tackles in spite of missing two games due to injury… led the team with 35 assisted tackles along with 31 solos…also finished with three tackles-for-loss, for three yard…served as a co-captain… in 2001, names honorable mention All-WAC squad after leading the team in tackles with 103, 59 of them unassisted… had four tackles-for-loss for nine yards…started 11 games… in 2000, started four games and played in 11 contests as a true freshman… ranked sixth in tackles and had 33 unassisted stops including, six for loss yardage…had on sack for 16 yards.
Noteworthy
First team All Pacific League as a linebacker and All area as well as All- CIF… named Defensive Player-of-the-Year and MVP… pre-season All-America first team by Super Prep and All America pre-season by Prep Star…cousin, Lester Towns played at the University of Washington and with the Carolina Panthers.

so, stamps add NFL players, doesn't every other CFL team have some??? no big deal.

btw, that's a joke.